Falcons snare first win at expense of freefalling Maroons

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 04, 2015 01:53 PM
Falcons snare first win at expense of freefalling Maroons
BREAKTHROUGH. It took them seven tries, but young Adamson finally has one mark on the win column.

During one sequence in the last two minutes on Sunday at the MOA Arena, Adamson University had for themselves four consecutive offensive possessions, only to come away with three points.

Still, a scalding first half gave the Soaring Falcons more than enough push to stay ahead of the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 73-68, and notch their very first victory in the UAAP 78 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Jerome Garcia was a man on fire in the first two quarters with 19 points to boost Adamson to a 47-28 edge at the half. However, the San Marcelino-based squad lost their touch from outside and was held to only 14 points in the next 14 minutes while the Maroons erupted for 34 of their own to suddenly snatch a 62-61 advantage with six minutes remaining.

Put to the test, the young Falcons responded with a 7-4 run to retake the lead, 68-66. It was at that point that Adamson kept outworking their opponents for the ball and generated four consecutive offensive possessions which ended with three points added to their lead.

UP would be plagued by turnovers and would only be able to score a solitary basket the rest of the way. Garcia ended with 26 points while Jaydee Tungcab chipped in 13 markers as the Falcons finally broke through after seven tries.

Save for the late spurt, the Maroons continued to struggle now in their fifth straight loss following a hopeful 2-0 start. Paul Desiderio was the lone bright spot for State U with 26 points as leading scorer Jett Manuel again finished scoreless.

BOX SCORES

ADAMSON 73 - J. Garcia 26, Nalos 15, Tungcab 13, Sarr 8, Polican 5, Ochea 4, Margallo 2, Ng 0, C. Garcia 0, Villanueva 0, Camacho 0.

UP 68 - Desiderio 26, Longa 9, Jaboneta 7, Dario 6, Kone 4, Amar 4, Prado 4, Moralde 3, Vito 3, Asilum 2, Harris 0, Lim 0, Manuel 0, Juruena 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 21-14, 47-28, 57-46, 73-68.

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